Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


Road Warriors

What’s being done to curb violence on the Valley’s roads?
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House of Cars

Greg Selvidge’s Scottsdale home is a veritable roadside attraction for car nuts.
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Trouble in Paradise

A grievance across the greenbelt in Paradise Valley exposes disparities in power and privilege, even in Arizona’s wealthiest town.
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Cuts to Colorado River Water Supplies Could Hurt Arizona Water

As Arizona prepares for cuts to Colorado River water supplies, a report raises concerns about groundwater safety.
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Fast Company

Apex Motor Club races to become the Valley's first "motorsports country club," bringing million-dollar cars to the city of Maricopa.
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No FIlter

Ali Goldwater is on a mission to restore her grandfather’s photographic vision — and in the process, expand how the world views Barry Goldwater.
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Hacienda Effect

After unthinkable patient abuse at a Phoenix care facility, lawmakers and activists look at reforms.
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Lawyers, Burritos & Money

How Filiberto’s became Arizona’s most ubiquitous and endlessly copied restaurant chain – while building its true success south of the border.
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Shoot First, Pass Later

Is the Valley’s first “basketball factory” a slam-dunk for hoops prodigies, or an academic foul-out waiting to happen?
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Silver Alert

A new ASU study finds the suicide rate of Arizona seniors is rising among men. Is it a crisis to be solved, or an increasingly accepted “pre-emptive” choice?
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Blame Game

Phoenix now lead the nation in officer-involved shootings, uniting both activists and officers in concern. But the two sides remain dangerously divided on who’s to blame for the surge.
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Polo for the People

Arizona Polo Club is striving to democratize the "sport of kings" for everyday desert dwellers.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



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